In the eight short months I’ve been here, the outreach program has grown very quickly. We have more than 10,000 children coming to our school shows this year, 80% from Title I schools (where half or more of the population is below the poverty line) who pay only $2 a ticket. Sometimes we are able to waive the fee altogether and pay for transportation as well.
So far this year, we have visited more than 30 schools to do free pre-show workshops.
We printed 10,000 free color study guides for every student attending our shows.
We piloted a project called “Literacy to Life” where we take the writings of third grade students and act them out using professional actors.
We piloted another program at Metz Elementary school where I used theatre techniques as a way to teach core curriculum.
As we work with all these great kids in Travis and Williamson counties, we accumulate a lot of great stories about our program. Whether it’s teachers telling us how much this experience has meant to their students, or a second grade student after my science workshop handing me a note that says, “Now I love science,” we are excited to have a medium to share all the terrific things the Paramount does for kids.
As you scroll down, I hope you enjoy reading about it as much I have enjoyed being a part of this great program.